Departmental News

Departmental News

  • Priscilla D. Layne, one of our Alumni (Ph.D. 2011), is the co-author and subject of a German comic book titled “Rude Girl” by German illustrator Birgit Weyhe.

    March 10, 2022

    Priscilla writes about the origins of the book: "While I was living in Berlin in fall of 2018 on a fellowship from the American Academy, I made the acquaintance of German graphic novelist Birgit Weyhe. I was working on an essay about the depiction of race in her books, and she invited me to Hamburg to interview her. We became friends and Birgit pitched the idea of working on an autobiographical comic about my experiences growing up in Chicago and then living in Germany.

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  • Congratulations to Sarah Harris

    March 5, 2022

    Current Ph.D student Sarah Harris will be participating in the 2022 Berkeley Grad Slam Competition on April 11th as one of 10 semi-finalist from the campus. From the competition’s website, "Grad Slam is an annual contest to communicate research. It aims to make research accessible by providing emerging scientists and scholars with the skills to engage the public in their work. Participants are judged on how well they engage the audience, how clearly they communicate key concepts and how effectively they focus and present their ideas—all in three minutes or less.” The event may be viewed virtually via this link on April 11th, at 3:00 pm PST. Congratulations, Sarah!

  • New publication from Professor Deniz Göktürk

    March 3, 2022

    Deniz Göktürk has published an article titled “The Secret Life of Waste: Recycling Dreams of Migration” in the volume Refugees and Migrants in Contemporary Film, Art and Media, ed. by Robert Burgoyne and Deniz Bayrakdar, Amsterdam University Press (2022).
    Click here for a link to the book’s homepage.

  • New book from Professor Jeroen Dewulf

    March 1, 2022

    New book from Professor Jeroen Dewulf. Click here for a link to the book’s homepage.

  • New book from Professor Niklaus Largier

    February 25, 2022

      Click here for a link to the book’s homepage.

  • Congratulations to Cecily Cai

    February 15, 2022

    Congratulations to Cecily Cai on joining the faculty at Hamilton College. Cecily (“Siyu”) received her BA in German from UC Berkeley in 2014.

  • Professor Balint on CBSN

    September 29, 2021

    Professor Lilla Balint was interviewed on CBSN about election results in Germany, as Angela Merkel steps aside and the Social Democrats move into power. Watch her clip here, starting at 2:43.

  • New Book by Alumni

    August 25, 2021

    German Department alumni Paul Reitter and Chad Wellmon published Permanent Crisis: The Humanities in a Disenchanted Age. The humanities, considered by many as irrelevant for modern careers and hopelessly devoid of funding, seem to be in a perpetual state of crisis, at the mercy of modernizing and technological forces that are driving universities towards academic pursuits that pull in grant money and direct students to lucrative careers. But as Reitter and Wellmon show, this crisis isn’t new—in fact, it’s as old as the humanities themselves.

  • Professor Niklaus Largier Hosts Summer School at Universität zu Köln

    July 25, 2021

    In July, Professor Niklaus Largier hosted and co-taught the fifth Berkeley-Yale-Cologne Summer School, a weeklong program in Cologne on the topic “Negation, Refusal, Delay.” The summer school is a part of an ongoing cooperation with Universität zu Köln where the event is held in alternating years.

  • TRANSIT Publishes New Issue on “Traveling Forms”

    May 30, 2021

    TRANSIT A Journal of Travel, Migration, and Multiculturalism in the German-speaking World published the first issue of its the thirteenth volume, titled "Traveling Forms." The articles in this issue aim to illuminate the ways in which media, aesthetic, and cultural forms are received, transformed, and exported and grapple with questions of form and circulation that challenge the field of German Studies to expand its investigations beyond national, linguistic, or geographic frameworks.   Read the full issue here.